SDN Members don't see this ad. (About Ads) I have an interdisciplinary background, part of which includes an integration of health psychology research and counseling (not necessarily together, except that I am involved in both). I have learned that I do NOT want to be a therapist, but I'm older and a career-changer, so my best match ended up in a counseling psychology PhD program. I hope to continue to integrate my interdisciplinary interests. The question of research in counseling psychology has been brought up before, mostly in response to pursuing internship placements, but I want to delve deeper. I really see my future therapy career as a very part-time adjunct private practice (at most). Therapy largely bores me, although I do enjoy it with some clients (as anyone probably would). I'd like my clinical focus to me more on diagnostics, actually. Knowing that my therapy practica in my doctoral program will be to give me a basis for how to approach future teaching and research (and possibly supervision), with a goal of attaining either a T-T faculty position or an applied research position, what goals should I reach for in grad school? For example, what do counseling psychology programs value in their faculty members? What opportunities are available for counseling psych researchers outside of academia? I'm already continuing some active research projects as I begin. I just want to know how this may be different than clinical psychology or experimental psychology and what I should expect that employers/consultees are looking for.